An Unusual Silver and Ivory Floating Compass by Edward Nairne

An Unusual Silver and Ivory Floating Compass by Edward Nairne

Stock Number: 35-5003

GBP 220

Antique Silver and Ivory Floating Compass by Edward Nairne


Overall diameter 37mm


1770 -1800

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Surveying Instruments & Mining


This small copass sundial has a  finely engraved 32 point compass rose, signed Nairne, London. It is mounted in a trned ivory case with scre-thread lid.

Condition: Compass fully functional and still points North. The outer case and lid are undamaged and the screw thread is still good. The glass is missing and the screw-thread ivory bezel that retained the glass is damaged, as shown in the photo.

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GB Ganymede Antiques

Ganymede Antiques

Ganymede Antiques, established in 1992, is based in Muswell Hill, London, U.K. We specialise in scientific instruments from the 18th and early 19th centuries, with particular interest in sundials, and drawing and calculating instruments. We are always keen to buy interesting instruments, and entire collections. We exhibit at the twice yearly International Antique Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Keith Petts can be contacted at

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